Girl Scouts vote in mock presidential election, pick McCain

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (SUBMITTED) -- America elects a president next week, but East Tennessee's Tanasi Council Girl Scouts have already made their choice. They picked Republican John McCain.

The republican candidate won a mock election held at the council’s October lock-in by a percentage of 64 to 36 percent over Barack Obama. The older a girl, the more likely she was to vote for McCain.

Tanasi Council made the election as realistic as possible, with girls first registering to vote, then coming back several hours later to actually cast their ballots.

Election coordinator Angela Miller said girls were as excited about voting as they were other lock-in activities such as rock climbing and mad science experiments.

“The girls really want to have their voices heard,” Miller says. “Girls take great satisfaction in having people care what they think.”

Girl Scouts is the world’s premier leadership program for girls. More than 65 percent of the nation’s elected officials and corporate leaders are former Girl Scouts.

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(Information provided by The Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council.)

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